Another POTUS letter
In your own words regarding the end of WWII:
How do we ensure that "never again" isn't an empty slogan, or merely an aspiration, but also a call to action?
I believe we start by doing what we are doing today -- by bearing witness, by fighting the silence that is evil's greatest co-conspirator.
In the face of horrors that defy comprehension, the impulse to silence is understandable.
The story goes that when the Americans marched in, they discovered the starving survivors and the piles of dead bodies. And General Eisenhower made a decision. He ordered Germans from the nearby town to tour the camp, so they could see what had been done in their name. And he ordered American troops to tour the camp, so they could see the evil they were fighting against. Then he invited congressmen and journalists to bear witness. And he ordered that photographs and films be made. Some of us have seen those same images, whether in the Holocaust Museum or when I visited Yad Vashem, and they never leave you. Eisenhower said that he wanted "to be in a position to give firsthand evidence of these things, if ever, in the future, there develops a tendency to charge these allegations merely to propaganda." "
We sorely need some "witnessing" of the torture regime that broke our Justice Department, ruined our reputation around the world, and served for six years as Al' Quaida's chief recruiting tool.
It's time for some transparency - sunshine and fresh air is the best medicine. As AG Holder says: "Follow the evidence where it leads", and if it results in prosecutions, then TRUST THE AMERICAN PEOPLE to know what's right and what's wrong.
Just PLEASE, don't wait too long, there's a statute of limitations even to torture, I'm told.